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All posts tagged "Qualcomm"

  • White House blocks Broadcom, Qualcomm takeover attempt

    It looks like Broadcom's lengthy bid to acquire US chipmaker Qualcomm is finally over, after the White House announced that it has blocked the takeover attempt. The White House noted that a Broadcom-owned Qualcomm "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States". Furthermore, US President Donald Trump noted that the law doesn't provide "adequate and appropriate authority" for him to protect national security in this issue. As a result, any possible deal has simply been blocked. "The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected...

  • Qualcomm, Samsung to deliver tiny 7nm 5G chipsets

    The Snapdragon 845 is expected to power a ton of flagship smartphones this year, from Sony and Asus to Samsung and Xiaomi. But the 5G era isn't far away, with industry experts pointing to a 2019 launch at the earliest. The new era will necessitate a new chipset, so Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its relationship with Samsung Foundry to produce Qualcomm's 5G-enabled mobile chipsets. These chipsets will be manufactured on a tiny 7nm process, making it much smaller than the 10nm Snapdragon 845. Generally speaking, a smaller manufacturing process means a smaller, more efficient chip. Benefits of a smaller chip "Using 7LPP EUV...

  • No 64-bit apps, only ARM drivers: Windows 10 on ARM has key limitations

    Back at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we got some hands-on time with Snapdragon-powered laptops running Windows 10 on ARM. Unfortunately, these machines only had Windows 10 S installed (they get free upgrades to full Windows 10 on ARM), but at the time, we heard that x64 games wouldn't work on ARM devices. Now, Microsoft has issued a since-deleted guideline to Windows 10 on ARM's limitations, spotted by Thurrott.com. And our expectations have certainly been tempered as a result. First of all is the news that Windows 10 on ARM only supports ARM64 drivers. "While ARM OS has the capabilities to emulate x86 user-mode...

  • Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting yields no results on ‘final’ offer

    Earlier this month saw Broadcom make a "best and final" offer to acquire Qualcomm -- an offer that was rejected. But Qualcomm opened the door for a 14 February meeting to discuss further options, so what was the result of that? The US chipmaker delivered a letter to Broadcom (publishing it on their website), giving their thoughts on the 14 February meeting. For one, Qualcomm remains unmoved on its assertion that the US$82 per share price "undervalues" the firm. Qualcomm's letter to Broadcom "In our February 14 meeting, Broadcom reiterated that $82.00 per share is its best and final proposal.  The Board...

  • Snapdragon 845 benchmarked: how does it compare to rival chips?

    The Snapdragon 845 is the chip expected to power dozens of flagship smartphones, from Samsung (well, in the USA) to LG, HTC and Sony. But how much of an improvement is it over the Snapdragon 835 and rival chipsets? Well, Qualcomm invited US media to check out the 2018 chip, with Anandtech leading the charge for benchmark testing. For starters, we see big wins in several CPU-based PCMark tests, such as photo editing (over 17 700, versus second placed Pixel 2 XL's 12 800), performance (8358, compared to Pixel 2 XL's 7130) and web browsing (7946 versus the second placed...

  • Qualcomm rejects ‘final’ Broadcom offer, but is deal actually off?

    Qualcomm's board of directors have unanimously rejected a 'best and final' acquisition offer from fellow chipmaker Broadcom. The US$121-billion offer saw Qualcomm shares valued at US$82 per share, comprised of US$60 in cash and US$22 in Broadcom shares. "The Qualcomm board, assisted by its financial and legal advisors, determined that the Broadcom proposal materially undervalues Qualcomm and falls well short of the firm regulatory commitment the board would demand given the significant downside risk of a failed transaction," read an excerpt of a Qualcomm news release. The board hasn't completely shut down a possible deal though, saying it was "committed to exploring all...

  • Broadcom now offers ‘best and final’ offer to Qualcomm

    Silicon company Broadcom has upped its offer to fellow chipmaker Qualcomm, with the offer valued between US$120-billion and US$146-billion. The move sees Broadcom offer US$82 per share for Qualcomm, being US$60 in cash and the rest in Broadcom shares. "The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on 2 November 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price," the interested buyer wrote in a press release. The offer is...

  • Qualcomm paid Apple for exclusivity, fined €997m, EU rules [Update: Qualcomm to appeal]

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997-million (US$1.2-billion) by the European Union for paying Apple to turn down cellular chips from rival companies. "Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance. Qualcomm paid billions of US dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals," the European Commission's Margrethe Vestager was quoted as saying in a statement. "These payments were not just reductions in price -- they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm's baseband chipsets in all its iPhones...

  • Here’s why Broadcom takeover shouldn’t go ahead – Qualcomm

    Qualcomm was in the headlines late last year after fellow chip colossus Broadcom announced its desire to purchase the chipmaker. The overture was rebuffed, which has since resulted in Broadcom setting the wheels in motion for a hostile takeover bid. Now, Qualcomm has issued an open letter to shareholders, outlining several reasons why they should reject Broadcom's takeover attempt and re-elect the current board. "Broadcom is asking Qualcomm stockholders to voluntarily transfer to a hostile acquirer the considerable near- and long-term value creation Qualcomm has in front of it," an excerpt of the letter reads. "It is attempting to acquire Qualcomm at...

  • Comparison: Snapdragon laptops versus Chromebooks

    December 2017 saw Qualcomm finally reveal proper Snapdragon-powered laptops at its Tech Summit, capable of running full-fledged Windows 10. Featuring proper Windows apps and long battery life (according to Qualcomm and manufacturers), the Snapdragon laptops might just deliver the goods. But how could these laptops compare to Chromebooks? After all, we see Android app support and long battery life in many a ChromeOS device. And it doesn't hurt that there are a ton of ChromeOS laptops out there for every price point. We compare the two platforms. ChromeOS versus Windows 10 An LG V30+ on top of the Snapdragon-powered...